World briefs – April 26

Police say an elderly couple was the unintended recipient of a very seedy delivery: a five-pound (two-kilogram) brick of marijuana.

Elderly couple receives brick of marijuana in the mail

UPPER DARBY, Pa. — Police say an elderly couple was the unintended recipient of a very seedy delivery: a five-pound (two-kilogram) brick of marijuana.

Police in Upper Darby, just outside Philadelphia, say the couple paid little attention to the package when it was delivered last week. Not recognizing the name, they left it on their porch, expecting it to be picked up.

When nobody claimed the package, the couple opened it to find what police say was $10,000 in high-grade marijuana.

The couple gave the package to police, who determined the return address in Arizona was fake.


Alligators finds way into bathroom of Florida home

PALMETTO, Fla. — A Tampa-area woman found an unwelcome weekend guest in her bathroom — a 7-foot (2-meter) alligator.

Alexis Dunbar told WFLA-TV that she screamed and the alligator hissed when she found it inside the bathroom of her home Saturday afternoon. Her boyfriend propped a small table by the bathroom to keep the gator inside until an officer from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission showed up to take him away.

Dunbar believes the alligator used a doggie door on the back porch to get inside the house.


Man who dressed as clown to pick up money jailed

SAN FRANCISCO — A man who police say wore a clown suit as a disguise when he went to pick up extortion money from his immigrant relatives has been sentenced to three years in prison.

A U.S. District Judge sentenced 46-year-old Frank Salvador Solorza in Oakland last week.

Solorza was arrested in 2009 after he showed up at a San Mateo County home on a child’s bike and wearing a clown suit, wig, and pirate hat.

Authorities say Solorza picked up a case he believed contained the $50,000 he demanded from his cousins, who emigrated from Mexico.

Officials say Solorza’s scheme included threatening to have them deported for lying on immigration papers if they didn’t pay up.

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